"PAPPY JACK" MARTIN
|Jake Hargove whispering something in Jack Martin's ear. Photo taken in the early 70's|
SMSgt John R. "Jack" Martin. USAF Retired, age 72, died Thursday,
December 9, 1999. He retired after 27 years in the United States Air
Force and Security Service and had accumulated
over 15,000 hours of flying time. Jack was
a 32nd Degree Mason and a Past Master
of the US Hessen Lodge # 844 located at
Darmstadt, Germany. He was also a life
member of Mosiah Temple, the American
Legion, Bennington, Vermont Chapter, the
Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.
Jack was a
volunteer firefighter for 23 years.
a wirebender - Larry Tart flew with him at
Rhein Main in the late 60s.
He was also
at Rhein Main in the late 50s and Yokota.
He lived at Boerne and kinda dropped out
of the gang after retirement.
I first saw Jack while attending ECM
Maintenance Technician school at
Keesler AFB in 1958-1959. We never met
at this time as we only passed each other
while marching to and from class. I became acquainted with him upon my
arrival from Yokota at the 6949th in late
August 1966. He was a little hard to know
and understand at first but I soon learned
he thrived on praise and recognition. He
was a well qualified and innovative techician who enjoyed a challenge.
once was a requirement to install some
special equipment in an aircraft for a unique mission. I explained the
job to Jack and said there was no other tecnician available more
qualified than he
to do it. After careful study of the plans and procurring the necessary
hardware and equipment, he spent 16 continuous
hours completing the installation. I called
upon him many times over the next five
years we were together at Offutt and
Rhein Main for special tasks and projects.
The information for this obituary was compiled and written by John S. (Big John) Deaver.